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Fastlane Review

FASTLANE

Well this was unexpected.  The card was vanilla and predictable.  I predicted every announced match correctly except for the New Day vs Nakamura and Rusev.  But the unexpected part was all the craziness before the PPV started and during it.  A lot of seeds were thrown around with Wrestlemania just 4 weeks away now.  The card has become clearer now.  Some of the matches were just ok tonight but you have to like what the WWE creative is doing now.  They made a vanilla PPV exciting.

So we start on the kickoff show with Carmella and Zelina Vega arguing over who should get the next US title shot.  These two are destined to have a good match maybe this week on Smackdown Live.  As much as I love my wife Carmella I don’t think this leads to a one on one match at Wrestlemania.  Maybe a mixed tag team match at Wrestlemania?  Depending on how many matches are on the card.  So anyway the match between Rey Mysterio and Andrade has now been moved to the actual PPV and has become a fatal 4 way for Samoa Joe’s US title with R Truth in the match.  More camera time for my Carmella.

We then see the New Day and find out that the McMahons requested to see Kofi Kingston to talk about the WWE title.  New Day beats Nakamura and Rusev.  Ok match.  Not expecting anything big.  Please get Nakamura and Rusev involved in something big.  Nakamura was super over before they turned him heel.  If anyone saw Total Divas, they know the kind of personality Rusev has.

Now the main show starts.  This show really flowed nicely.  I wonder how it played out in the arena.

The first match was the Uso’s defending the tag team titles against Shane O’Mac and the Miz.  The breakup of Shane and Miz has been inevitable as they are setting up their Wrestlemania match.  So when Shane attacked Miz in front of his father after they lost to the Uso’s this was no surprise to me.  I wish they made the Miz the heel because he is so good as a heel but still a good spot.  The match was good too.  A few big spots especially the mid-air collision between Shane and one of the Uso’s.  Miz got a lot of pops from his home town crowd.  Shane taunting Miz’s dad was a good touch.

Next we have a Wrestlemania Promo. Drew/Corbin/Lashley quick promo for their match.

Elias is in the house and he was not interrupted.  This is a theme that played out through the night as Elias came out a few times to sing a song killing Cleveland.  I love Elias.  Hopefully he will walk the streets of Manhattan during the Wrestlemania week.

Another promo for HHH and Batista for Monday Night Raw.

Again rehashing the New Day from the kickoff show

Next up we have Asuka defending the title against God’s Greatest Creation Mandy Rose. Corey as usual acts like a 15-year old boy in heat whenever Mandy comes out.  I never thought Mandy was going to win this match.  The match was ok.  Asuka is a really good wrestler and she deserves to be in a good program.  Perhaps Asuka is not 100 percent after getting hurt at a house show on Monday night so the WWE did not want her to do too much. The ending really didn’t come off well as Mandy lost balance because of stepping on the ring apron as Sonya Deville went under the ring looking for a kendo stick.  We get teased of a Mandy and Sonya spat so we will see where this one goes.

Next we see back stage where the New Day find Kofi standing out of the McMahon’s office.  He never went in and said he has been waiting for someone to get him.  New Day walk into the office and are like what’s up making their man Kofi wait.  Vince says I was waiting for him.  Vince says the WWE title match is now a triple threat match.  The crowd pops as Vince says the match is happening right now.  New Day is barred from ringside.  I thought it was kind of odd to have this match so early in the card.  Kofi comes out first.  It is announced there is a change to this match and gets screwed as he is facing the Bar in a handicap match.  The championship match is announced for later on in the night.  Let’s further this Kofi getting screwed underdog role as the Bar squash him big time.  But the crowd was popping for Kofi big time.

Back stage with the Boss Hug Connection.  Blah still no buildup for this match.

Here comes Elias again to sign un interrupted.  Now he is again attacking Cleveland and Kofi and the Miz again.  Talks Steelers are better than the Browns.  Loving this Elias angle.

We review the Shane and Miz breakup again.  Kayla asks Shane for an explanation and gets blown off.

Next we have the triple threat tag team match for the belts.  This was a better match than I expected.  Ricochet is so incredible to watch and he has great chemistry with Aleister Black.  The Revival are a good tag team they are just getting booked wrong.  Gable and Roode also showed they are a good tag team.  A lot of good spots in this match.  The Revival retain by pinning Gable.  Ricochet and Black clear the ring at the end.  I am not sure what show they are going to eventually land on but these are three of the best tag teams in the WWE.

Let’s see Charlotte back stage getting her robe on and Becky limping out of the trainer’s room.

Next up is my favorite time of the card.  The fatal 4-way match for the US title.  R Truth and Carmella come out first to get the crowd running.  Mella is rapping now and she is super over with the crowd.  Mella is so beautiful and I am happy she is getting pushed.  This was such a great match.  Big spots all over the place.  Andrade is a future star.  R Truth was always under rated as a performer.  Mysterio still got it and Samoa Joe deserves to be champ through Wrestlemania.  They actually out performed their match from Smackdown Live this past week.  For a big guy Joeis really athletic.  Throw in Carmella lighting up Zelina Vega setting up something between them down the road and this match was well put together.  Joe retains.

Boss Hug Connection vs Nia Jax and Tamina.  Beth Phoenix is announced as the commentator for this match.  I didn’t think much about it because she has been doing this the last couple of months.  Nia and Tamina together are the biggest forces in the woman’s division.  The match was ok.  There is not much you can do when you are wrestling someone who is larger than you as Nia and Tamina are.  Bayley dominated this match and they really made Nia and Tamina seem mortal here.  Bayley rolls up Nia for the win.  After the match Nia and Tamina lay waste to the Boss-Hug Connection.  You almost knew that Beth Phoenix was going to say something.  Beth hits Tamina.  Nia lays out Beth.  Here comes Nattie.  She gets laid out.  I am kind of liking what they are doing with Nia and Tamina.  They eventually will be tag team champs.  Now we will see what happens with Beth Phoenix.  Maybe a Wrestlemania match?  It’s really great to see a lot of women’s angles being created.  Did someone say weekly female show?

It’s time for the Triple Threat match with Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston.  We see the history of this before the match.  WWE is really selling this 3-way match.  KO comes out first.  Then Daniel.  As we are waiting for Kofi we get Mustafa Ali?  No Kofi.  The crowd is booing and chanting for Kofi.  WWE rolled the dice that this match would deliver without Kofi and boy did it deliver.  Kofi will get his match at Wrestlemania.  Why waste it now.  Mustafa really put himself on the map with this match.  The boys are really trying to outdo each other.  KO had several big spots as did Daniel.  The match was great and the crowd eventually got behind it.  Daniel pins Ali after Rowan saved him from a certain pin fall.  I am anxious to see where they go from here with KO.  Also no Sami Zayn, Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper who came back during the weekend at a house show.

Two matches left and they are very predictable.

We get a Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins promo.

We get a review of the Becky Lynch/Charlotte/Ronda story.

Now it’s time for Charlotte vs Becky Lynch.  There isn’t anything else they can do with this angle right now except to do what we or most of us have known for a while now and that is to make it officially a triple threat match.  The ending was really bogus though.  I think we all expected to see Ronda interfere.  But she comes in and hits Becky once causing a DQ and that’s it as Becky laughed.  I would have rather seen Ronda destroy both Becky or Charlotte or have Charlotte attack Becky after Ronda hit her causing the DQ.  Please do us a favor and not have any of these three in a match before Wrestlemania especially Ronda vs Becky.

Now we have yet another Elias concert.  Brilliant.  And what would a WWE TV event be without another cat walk by Lacey Evans.  Please get in the ring already.  Then out of nowhere we see Randy Orton RKO Elias.  Then even more out of nowhere we see AJ Styles give Orton a Phenomenal forearm cementing their Wrestlemania match.

Now for the main event of the Shield vs Drew McIntyre, Lashley and Baron Corbin.

We get a video package of the last two weeks of the Shield.  Now they keep talking about Dean Ambrose not re-signing his contract.  As far as I can remember I have never seen the WWE ever do this.  But they keep talking about it so it makes me think that Dean is not going anywhere.  And maybe the significant changes made in creative is making a big difference.

This match was crazy.  It was all over the place all over the arena.  Some big spots by Dean and Seth.  The ending was all too predictable.  The Shield did all their spots.  It did look like a sendoff. I just don’t think Dean is leaving.

So overall I will rank this PPV as an A Minus.  Only because I didn’t like the ending of the Flair/Becky match and the Asuka/Mandy match.  But I am glad the women who had three matches plus My Khaleesi Carmella and Zelina maybe building a storyline of their own.  Not to mention Beth Phoenix who might have another match in her.

Wrestling Blog 3-7

Wrestling Blog 3-7

After last week’s Raw which was the best Raw, we have seen in a while there was no way this week could ever top it.  I mean just with the return of Roman Reigns alone was a lot to overcome.  Throw in the Batista/Flair/HHH angle and Ronda’s promo there was a lot going on.  So, what do we have to talk about this week?  I am going to save the best for last which is the absolute madness involving the Raw Women’s Championship.

The show starts with Roman talking about wanting one thing and he asks Seth Rollins to join him in the ring.  Who didn’t think Roman wanted to get into that title match with Seth and Brock Lesnar?  I mean after all Roman never actually lost the belt.  As un fair as it is for Roman this is Seth’s time.  So, I was glad this is not what Roman wanted.  By the way I am not completely sold on Seth winning the belt at Wrestlemania.  There is no way Vince wants Brock going to a rival company.  Instead Roman wants the yawn band back together.  Who really cares anymore?   Seriously.  These things are better off as surprises like when they re united on the Raw after Summer Slam.  I was in the building for that and it was electric.  Now it looks like it’s forced and tired.  Even if this is an attempt to keep Dean Ambrose in the company which is a good idea, I am still over it.  Who the hell knows what to think about Ambrose anymore?  Is he leaving or staying?  Is this an angle?  I am so tired of the Shield and on that point I am tired of Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Lashley.  Drew needs to be in the main event already.  Elias attacks Dean as he was walking to the ring to address the shield re union.  Elias is so under used.  I am going to petition the WWE to organize a Walk With Elias NYC night during Wrestlemania week.  Imagine walking through the streets of Manhattan with Elias.  There is no shortage of bars that he can play at.  But overall just an average segment.

Next, we have a throw away 6-man tag team match.  Kurt Angle needs to retire already.  Sorry Kurt.  You were great but your time is up.  Give some TV time to EC3 and for god’s sake let him talk.  Finn Balor has the Intercontinental title, so he is relevant but get him out of this angle.  And Braun Stroman who just about killed Lio Rush I am not sure what to do with him anymore.  Bad match with no story behind it only to be fed to the shield at Fastlane.

Nattie vs Ruby RIott is just a waste of two talented wrestlers.  It’s okay to have several story lines for the women at one time.  It’s like they want to keep pushing the Ronda/Becky/Flair angle to the moon which I get but you have other talent that needs story lines.  Can you say a dedicated show just for the women?  After the match which Nattie wins we have another ridiculous cat walk by Lacey Evans.  This was old and tired two weeks ago.  Just get her in the ring already.  It’s like WWE does not want you to forget about her.  Then why bring her up from NXT if she is not going to wrestle.  If she is rumored to be getting a huge push and will be in an angle with Nattie then get it started now.  Nattie can’t be the sidekick to Ronda for the next month.  One Ronda and that angle does not need it and two Nattie is too good to be a sidekick

Now for one of things I wanted to see this week on either show.  I have to say Batista cut a good promo.  He clearly is the heel and he made sure it would stay that way.  Then HHH started to talk about the real man Richard Flehr.  I can see where this is going.  WWE is trying to make this into a real-life angle.  If that is the direction WWE wants to take this then so be it.  I am not so sure I agree with it.  Maybe they felt more juice is needed.  HHH was golden talking about attending a couple of Natch’s weddings.  Say what you want about HHH the man can still cut a mean promo.  I am looking forward to the one on one next week.  Hopefully they get some freedom when they are in the ring on the mic.  Dave is Hollywood now but what’s up with that blue earring in his nose.  Could be a very good segment.

Oh, Heavy Machinery runs the gauntlet on the minor leagues of the Raw Tag Team division.  By the way has anyone seen Otis’ Instagram stories.  Dude is always eating un healthy stuff.

The shield re-forms after Elias beats Dean.  Ho hum.  It would have been better if it was a surprise.  Now we have a 6-man tag team match at Fast Lane.  I get it.  Roman came back earlier than expected.  Now we have to fast track him into something for Wrestlemania.  So, I expect him to be in tag team matches for the first few weeks to get some stamina back.  Thus, the reason for the Shield re-forming.

Michael Che and Colin Jost with several promos through out the night.  Who really cares about this?  Seriously what a waste of air time and yet we keep seeing EC3 staring into the mirror with a spray bottle in his hand.  SMH

Tamina beats Sasha.  I was kind of surprised by this, but I guess you need to get some heat for Fastlane.  Terrible build for this match.  I haven’t seen Tamina win too many matches on her own.  This title deserves a better story line than what we got so far.  Horsemen always have gold.

Ricochet and Aleister Black win a match by DQ.  The former champs Robert Roode and Chad Gable interfere.  This sets up a triple threat tag team title match at Fastlane.  Ricochet and Black are impressive talents and are getting super pushed right now.

I have to say I am already so tired of this whole Ronda/Becky/Flair story.  Is anybody else?  Make no mistake this will be a hell of a match and will close out Wrestlemania but my god the drama has to end.  Since Ronda got into the WWE everyone knew it would be her and Flair closing out Wrestlemania.  The problem is Becky got super over.  WWE had no choice but to get her in this match.  But I have a serious problem with how this is going about and hopefully after Fastlane we can finally just stop the madness.  But WWE writers know best right, I guess.  I think my biggest issue is that this angle started before Survivor Series.  Your talking about over 4 months of build up.  And it never ceases to amaze me that some fans thought this was not going to be a triple threat match which is the right call.  So much can spawn off the outcome of this match including Ronda still being over if Becky and Flair team up to take her out of the match, so she does not get pinned.

Let’s start with Ronda.  I have said this for weeks now.  She can’t cut a promo the right way.  I will say this she is getting better.  But the last two weeks should have been epic promo moments and she for some reason either rushes or can’t get the words out.  But one thing is for sure.  Ronda brings the heat and the intensity.  I watched both the Divas and Bella shows for some clues on how she was received by the other women on the roster.  She got plenty of respect and the women knew they would have to up their game to get close to her level.  Besides she knew a lot of the girls anyway.  She is legit close to Nattie and Charlotte.

Ronda should have been a heel from day one, but I do understand why she wasn’t.  What she said in her promo was 100 percent true.  Everything she was brought in to do she has delivered.  Stephanie changed the match at Fastlane and gave the title back to Ronda.  I know it’s part of the storyline but in this story Ronda demanded something and was granted.  And yes, the McMahon’s have made a lot of money because of Ronda.  Brock brings that big fight atmosphere every time he wrestles which is not often.  Give Ronda credit.  She is there every week and she does put over the women.  But she does not need this job and she has been respectful.  I think she made a quote that WWE gives you enough money to live a nice lifestyle but not enough that you can quit.  Ronda has made millions prior to the WWE and can pretty much do anything she wants and make real good money.  I love the aggression she showed and let’s face it in a real fight she can legit hurt these women.

As for Becky.  I have thought long and hard about this and I came up to the conclusion that I really don’t like “The Man” character.  Becky got hot and WWE made her into the second coming of Stone Cold Austin.  There will only be one Stone Cold and it does not matter to me that Austin has endorsed her.  Her promos are not that good in my opinion and her voice annoys me.  She is not on the level of Ronda and Flair.  But she got hot and she might walk away with the strap at Wrestlemania because of it.

Charlotte Flair is the best all around player in the game.  At least for the women’s roster.  While I hate the Stone Cold/Becky creation I feel it is different when you are starting to channel your father’s legendary gimmick.  After all it is genetic.  Ric was an amazing heel and was so on point on the mic.  Charlotte’s mic work is getting to that level.  Her promos have been so good.  Did you have any doubts?  What I can’t understand is how many times is a one-legged Becky going to get the upper hand on Flair?  There is nothing the WWE can ever do to make me believe Becky is on that level.

Smackdown overall was a good show.  When a 2 hour show flows quickly you know it was a good show.

Daniel Bryan furthers his character as this heel environmentalist.  Even though he is a heel character he is still a tremendous talent.  Kevin Owens is also a tremendous talent.  I like Owens as a heel better.  But his mic work is also good.  I would rather see in this match Daniel as the face and Owens as a heel.  It was a good promo for both trying to generate some heat for the Fastlane match.  Owens is announced in a match with Rowan later that night.

Miz pins Jey Uso.  I have said it before that I love the Miz character.  He is better as a heel and he needs to change to a heel when he fights Shane.  This was a filler match as we are all expecting the inevitable breakup of Shane and Miz and their match at Wrestlemania.  Is it me or does Shane look like he is not doing well?  He looked kind of out of breath when he was giving his promo.

The best match of the night was the 4-way United States championship match.  Any time Carmella is on TV it makes the night magical.  I would love to see her wrestle more.  The match had R Truth defending against Samoa Joe, Mysterio and Andrade.  Very good match.  Good pace.  Good spots all over.  Zelina Vega got involved and Mella booted her out.  Andrade is a real talent.  R Truth is underrated both in the ring and on the mic.  But I am glad to see Samoa Joe finally win a strap on the main roster.  I wasn’t too keen on bringing Mysterio back.  Even though I would love to see others get TV time Rey still has it.

Ricochet and Aleister Black win yet again this time against the Bar.   Rusev and Nakamura attacked the after the bell.  The Hardy’s come in for the save.  Ricochet and Black are doing both Raw and Smackdown and have a Raw tag team title match at Fastlane, so I am not sure where they are going with this.  Maybe there will be some kind of big tag team match at Wrestlemania if they don’t win the straps on Sunday

Mandy Rose squashes Naomi.  God’s greatest creation comes out and Corey as usual damn near busts in his pants.  I don’t know why Naomi is getting buried.  But ever since her husband was arrested, she seems to be getting the fall out.  Hopefully it’s because Asuka got injured the night before and was held out of wrestling to preserve the Fastlane match.  With Sonia DeVille interfering and Asuka laying out both we can maybe see Naomi in Asuka’s corner at Fastlane.

KO vs Rowan was just to further the story line.  Daniel on commentary making fun of KO was funny.  I liked the heat when KO just attacked him.  When it became 2 on 1 Mustafa Ali saved KO who had admitted earlier in the night, he has no friends in the WWE.  Very interesting.  But the crowd was calling for Sami Zayn.  I do expect a run in during the match at Fastlane

I already covered the Charlotte and Becky angle.  Loved that Flair attacked her bad leg.  I can’t understand why a one-legged Becky continues to beat down Charlotte.  Whatever.  I can’t talk about this angle anymore even though it’s the hottest angle WWE has going on right now.

 

NOTES

How does Dana Warrior get a job in creative?  She seems to get whatever she wants.  I guess the Ultimate Warrior had pictures Vince or something.  I am all for getting the woman’s perspective but jeez.  Hey WWE I am a life long fan.  Can you hire me?

Has anyone else noticed that WWE has gotten a but edgier in the last few weeks.  That’s what happens when there is competition.

Do we really need to see John Cena in a Wrestlemania match?  He has turned into what he despised about the Rock.

I watched the Wrestlemania 36 press conference today.  It’s clear that Roman and Charlotte are the faces of the company and neither one has a strap.

Is it me or does Heavy Machinery kind of remind you of a modern day Bushwhackers?  Hey before you laugh the WWE never saw the Bushwhackers when they were the Sheepherders and were very vicious.

Are we ready for an all-women’s weekly show?  Too much female talent is being wasted.  But the women closed both shows this week and could close out Fastlane too.

 

Stay tuned for my Fastlane Predictions and a look at the wrestlemania card as it fills up.

Wrestling Blog 2-23

RAW AND SMACKDOWN REVIEWS

 

Let’s see was there anything different about Raw and Smackdown Live this week?  Um I don’t know maybe.  The big story is did Triple H and his father in law Vince McMahon fight over the NXT call ups?  That’s all the buzz.  But since the McMahon family made their speech about change they have introduced 10 new NXT superstars.  The first 6 have made very small implications.  All except for Lars Anderson have actually competed in a match.  Lars has not been seen anywhere in at least a month.  EC3 is not allowed to talk yet.  Lacey Evans just does cat walks.  Tucker and Otis got their names shortened and have cut some pretty funny promos.  Nikki Cross has actually wrestled in some big matches.  Both the ladies were in the Women’s Royal Rumble match.  So why did the WWE bring up 4 of their top stars from NXT to not only compete on both Raw and Smackdown Live but win all their matches.   Tomaso Ciampo, Johnny Gargano, Ricochet and Allestier Black all shined with great matrches.

The Louisiana crowd was not as over as we all would have hoped they would be.  This is even after Triple H giving a scouting report on each and Michael Cole giving more during their video promos.  All 4 are top talents.  But all 4 returned to NXT on Wednesday so was this a one time thing or do we expect these 4 to be mainstays on the main roster?  Well now that Ciampo and Gargano will be re kindling their feud on NXT maybe they will have a NXT Takeover match and come up permanently after Wrestlemania.

But the real problem is not the lack of talent.  It’s the lack of opportunity for all of this talent.  The shows are crowded.  How do you get all this talent enough time to develop into meaningful story lines?  The 4 new guys had 3 matches on Raw and 3 matches on Smackdown Live.  Throw in the useless Braun/Corbin match, another Heyman/Rollins promo(get used to that), Ruby Riott getting another title match and Elias getting interrupted again, Lacey doing a catwalk,  a Dean Ambrose squash match and a funny promo with Seth what was left.  I expected a better promo with the new female tag team champs.  Ryder and Hawkins vs Lucha House Party.  Outside of the new guys debuting and the announcement of DX with Chyna going into the hall of fame(And I will be there) there wasn’t anything else of substance.

Smackdown Live in my opinion is the better show right now.  Even with the whole Charlotte/Becky angle switching to Raw.    There was 5 matches but all were good.  Three of the matches were NXTer’s.  Mandy Rose beats Asuka which could be a set up for a Wrestlemania match.  All 6 participants of the Eimination Chamber match met up in a 6 man tag team match.  Kofi gets the pin and a title shot at Fastlane.  I also thought it was a good idea to not have Carmella on TV while this whole incident starts to die down which it will.  All the matches were good.  But Wrestlemania is fast approaching and we don’t have clear direction on most of the card.  This is something insiders say is very rare this close to Wrestlemania.

On a personal note I am glad to see that Roman Reigns is coming to Raw on Monday to update us on his recovery.  I was a never a big fan of his.  That’s because of the ridiculous push and attempts to jam him down our throats for 3 years.  This has nothing to do with that right now.  I do respect him and I cheer for his recovery and his efforts and bravery facing a disease that just seems to not go away.  Roman will be a true face for life for the kind of person he is.

I also am glad the Carmella/Corey Graves issue is behind us.  I don’t know what is going on at the house shows.  But if she is on live TV this week we will see what kind of crowd reaction she gets.  I don’t want to talk about this anymore cause it’s in my eyes a non -issue.  I just hope Carmella has distanced herself from him as this could be a career killer for her.  The last thing you want is people to see them together and keep getting reminders of what happened.

I have not been a fan of the Total Divas TV Show.  I don’t really have a good reason to not either.  In fact I only binge watched the last 2 seasons because I can’t get enough my princess Carmella.  Watching Big Cass get hurt reminds me that my brother took his MRI in Brooklyn because his boss and owner of the place is a good friend of Shane McMahon and he wanted it to be done quietly.  Carmella is amazing and watching that show I firmly believe that Corey Graves lied to her about how far along his divorce is.

Buy anyway.  I know parts of the show are scripted.  But the emotion are not.  I only saw seasons 7 and 8.  It got me hooked on wanting to watch the 9th season.  It got me to want to watch Total Bellas.  Aside from how beautiful the Bella Twins are.  I was not fans of them in the ring.  It’s not that they are bad wrestlers.  Nikki is certainly not.  It’s just that the women coming up from NXT are better.  They carried that banner for a while.  I have such a new found respect for the Bella Twins now.  They have really become the mentors or the den mothers for a lot of the women in the locker room.  Just to see how they are dealing with all the emotions of the other female wrestlers.  Brie and Daniel Bryan are so good together.  I really feel for Nikki after the breakup with John Cena.  I do applaud her and him for recognizing they wanted different things and calling off the marriage.  Cena is a weird dude.  It’s almost like he is robotic in his real life.  Kudos Nikki.  You deserve to get what you want and you will.  Separation and divorce is really hard.  It takes a while to get over and you need a lot of support.  But poor Nikki.  I feel for her.  But she is so beautiful and driven I know she will come out of this fine.  Brie.  Sweet Brie you will forever be golden for what you did for Daniel Bryan.

Additionaly major kudos to Nia Jax.  She just told the trust about her body and how hard it is for her to find someone let alone date.  For someone who plays a bully on screen she is a really sweet person.  Nia you have a pretty face.  I want you to be confident in everything you do out of the ring.  My Princess of Staten Island Carmella from Massachusetts.  I am from Brooklyn so I definitely understand that kind of woman and I love it.  Sweet and tough and driven.  Not to mention so very beautiful.  I would be your prince forever.  Lana.  There is a lot going on there.  Beautiful woman.  Very focused.  Maybe a bit too ambitious to be liked and get better in the ring.  But I think a complete open book.  Nattie is like the who is the person I am looking to describe her.  She has won titles before.  She is the steady old school woman who is very conservative but she really does not want to be.  Naomi is so down to earth.  I hope she has resolved her issues with Jon.  You really have to feel for Paige.  Great career even though it was cut short.  To have to deal with the other issues she has had as well as the injury is really not fair.  But she has pushed through.

Elimination Chamber Recap and More

The Elimination Chamber just ended.  Overall I will give it a C rating.  I went 3-3 in my predictions but still a very predictable PPV.

Women’s Elimination Chamber Match.  As I had stated in my preview I thought any team could win.  I picked Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.  I was wrong.  I knew this match would be first and it was.  And who was the first one to open the show Carmella.  I have some new thoughts about the scandal which I will get into later.  But I was expecting a lot of boos.  So I was surprised it was not that bad.  Maybe it was placed perfectly to have her open the show.  However when Fabulous Glow finally got into the match I did hear a little booing.  And there was a chant that I could not make out what it was.  Overall it was the worst showing of any team in this match as they were the 5th team to enter the match and the first to be eliminated with Naomi doing the honors.  I was thinking that Vince is going to get them both out right away as penalty for their incidents this past week.  More on that later.  Again this match stole the show as the ladies always do.  I do believe this is the first time there has been a 6 team tag match inside the chamber and it really played well. Great spots all over this match and Sasha carrying her team to victory to be the first ever female tag team champs.  There was booing right after the match for the in ring interview but it quickly died down.  Not sure why they were booing.  Sonia and Mandy came out looking strong.  As did Nia and Tamina as it took 4 ladies to pin Tamina while Jax knocked herself out going through one of the pods.  I didn’t pick the Boss and Hug connection to win but I am not surprised they won.  The Horsemen have the gold and we are going to see that angle start to get formed in the next couple of months.  Match overall was an A

Mc Miz vs the Uso’s.  I am surprised the Uso’s took the straps because of the arrest this past week of one of the Uso’s.  But we know Shane and Miz are heading for a Mania one on one match.  What Shane lacks in ring ability he makes up for it by being absolutely fearless with his spots.  The match wasn’t very good and the ending now makes me see how this starts to turn.  The lackadaisical way Miz pinned one of the Uso’s is going to spark the breakup.  So perhaps this was the plan all along to have them lose this match and no matter who got arrested it wasn’t going to change the outcome.  Congrats to Miz and Maryse on her pregnancy.  Match Rating is a C.

Next we have Finn Balor vs Lio Rush and Lashley.  I finally picked one match right with Finn winning the strap tonight.  The match wasn’t very good and I found it interesting that Lashley turned on Rush after the match.  Is Rush gone now?  I kind of like the Hype Man.  Match rating is a C.

Next up is Ronda Rousey vs Ruby RIott.  This was a squash match.  They buried Ruby RIott big time.  Based on what happened after the match they would have been better off putting a different match in its place and just had an interview with Ronda and Charlotte which Becky would crash.  I mean the PPV ended surprisingly early.  Ron Ron and Charlotte just stared at each other while a supposedly suspended Becky on crutches just waltzes down through the crowd and into the ring and attacked Charlotte with one of her crutches.  If you are not keeping count out there this is the second time a woman on one leg beats down the Queen.  Then Ronda grabs a crutch and Becky wants her to get payback on Charlotte from the beat down she got a Survivor Series with the Kendo stick.  DTA Ronnie.  Becky attacks Ronda with the other crutch channeling her inner Stone Cold with the motto Don’t Trust Anyone.  Becky is super over and they are setting this match up well for Mania. But there is so much time from now til then that I am praying they don’t over do it.  This is the best angle the WWE has had in quite some time even though they are completely trying to re create Stone Cold with Becky.  I am getting a bit tired of it because you should never try to re create greatness and Austin was immortal in that role.  The post match activities pushed it from a F to a B.

Next we have Braun vs Corbin.  We knew there would be a run in.  We knew it would be Drew.  But Lashley also came out and made it a 3 on 1.  Corbin wins with the help of his buddies.  I am completely over this story.  It just flat out sucks.  Stroman is lost as a character now.  I don’t know where this is going.  Probably Drew vs Braun at Mania.  But no help for Braun.  No Kurt Angle.  No Lars Anderson.  Not even a Super Cena run in.  UGH just terrible.  Match grade is an F.

The Men’s Elimination Chamber Match.  I didn’t expect much and that is exactly what I got.  Figured Bryan would retain the titles and he did.  I must admit they are pushing Kofi big time.  But for what?  The way it came across on TV was that they were super into Kofi.  And I must admit I thought he was going to win at one point and I was definitely pulling for him.  The show ended so early that I found myself looking for something to happen after the match.  His New Day buddies coming down to greet him was nice.  There is no reason why this faction can’t have more singles matches.  I don’t understand why they don’t do that more.  Aside from that nothing else was good about this match.  Once again no push for Samoa Joe.  No run ins.  I will give this match a C.

 

Now for the post I wanted to write over the weekend but I wanted to cover the scandal.

I do want to mention this scandal a bit more.  Fan reaction was better than I thought it was.  Carmella finally started posting again on Instagram after her match.  I have a google phone which tracks the topics I like to read online on my phone and I got something about Corey Graves posting texts from someone at Total Divas I think.  He was talking about his ex wife and how he is going to be on the show next season.  The article says they plan to make this scandal a big part of the show.  Stop right there.  The bell went off in my head and I am starting to think this could be a work.  Or partly a work.  Is Corey Graves after what happened yesterday that stupid to post more stuff about his wife online.  Really?  I for one would be very upset if WWE allows this to be exploited if it is true.  How does Amy get all these texts with Corey and someone else?  Now she shut down her Instagram account which is probably a good thing.  I thought things were calming down since she was posting about her son yesterday.  Also which is completely unfair to Carmella that now people are saying she was sleeping with a lot of the males on the roster.  But the double standard the WWE continues to show regarding this type of behavior is very degrading to women.  Nothing happened to Bray Wyatt when he cheated on his wife with JoJo.  Cena always got pushed despite cheating on his wife.  I am sure there are others.  But this did affect Carmella last night.  You can see it in her eyes.  She was upset and probably did a good amount of crying.  I am starting to think she might have actually had feelings for Graves and he lied to her about his marriage.  This did not seem to affect him at all.  When Naomi got pinned last night and they showed Carmella and Naomi leave the cage together with their arms around each other after a very poor showing in the match I almost felt as they took the bullets for the incidents.  They were probably never scheduled to win the match but maybe they were supposed to have a better showing.  I felt like they were relieved a bit that they got through the night and are hoping for a this to go away.  Naomi will be fine as I think most feel that Jon was drunk and she was trying to take care of him.  But the first time Carmella comes out on Smackdown it will be interesting to see what reaction she gets.  My guess is she won’t get TV time this week.

Ok I am all scandaled out.

People need to calm down about the Undertaker.  He will never be a part of another promotion.  That is a guarantee.  He can barely wrestle now.  But if you were Mark Caloway and you know the character you built and perfected into what is without a doubt the best gimmick ever created in wrestling history you would start booking yourself and not sharing profits with the WWE.  My god he is charging 25 grand an hour.  Just think about that.  If he worked a weekend event and worked 3 hours a day he is making 150,000.   Just unreal.  You know Vince gave his blessing.  No one is going to have an issue with the Deadman.

You have to admit it.  Selling out your first show in 4 minutes with only a few matches announced is pretty impressive.  AEW is going to try to be the new WCW.  They are going to load up on top talent.  From what has been rumored the contracts are very lucrative.  The schedule will be more manageable for the talent.  They are backed by a billionaire.  The talent is getting more of a cut of their merchandise sales than the WWE gives their talent.  It has been rumored the contracts are very lucrative.  The schedule will be more manageable for the talent.  They are backed by a billionaire.  The talent is getting more of a cut of their merchandise sales than the WWE gives their talent.  But I do have a couple of questions.

  1. Will there be a TV contract and weekly shows like Raw and Smackdown
  2. Will it be just house shows and will they be televised if they get a TV contract.

Let’s not forget one thing here.  It’s nice to be the shiny new toy that everyone wants to play with.  The Khans have money we all know that.  But this company needs to make money to stay in business.  No billionaire will continue to dump money into a product that does not pull a profit.

Before we get into the awful products on Raw and Smackdown I want to again put my take on this triple threat match at Mania with Ronda/Charlotte and ultimately Becky.

This was the plan all along.  WWE wanted to build this women’s revolution and have the first women’s match to close out Wrestlemania in history.  This is why Ronda is here.  She has done everything they could ever hope for and much more.  Charlotte was always going to be in this match.  She has natural ability and charisma.  She is a great heel and great on the mic as we have seen so far and will continue to see in the coming weeks.  After all she is a Flair.  Becky is just a bolt of lightning that hit and caught fire.  No one knew she was capable of this.  Same can be said of Stone Cold Steve Austin who she is being compared to.  I really hate that she is compared to Austin.  There is only one Austin and his feud with Vince was pure magic.  So it makes tons of sense to have a triple threat match.  So many story lines can be spinned off from this match.  Here are my reasons in no particular order:

  1. Ronda is a top attraction world-wide. Becky is white hot right now.  Charlotte when she is done will be recognized as the greatest female wrestler of all time.
  2. WWE won’t make Ronda a heel which she should be. There is nothing they can do to make Becky a heel.  Charlotte is a natural heel.  Main event matches don’t work with a face vs a face.
  3. I am not convinced they know who they want to win this match yet. They can keep Ronda’s invincibility by having Becky and Charlotte pin each other.
  4. By having these three in this match it opens up a spot for another woman to wrestle Asuka at Mania.

Does this make sense to you?  The 4 horsemen angle is coming and it could very well officially begin at Mania.  Look at the scenarios.  Becky and Charlotte gang up on Ronda to help one win.  Ronda’s squad beats up both Becky and Flair so she could retain forming the Horseman.  Sasha and Bailey getting involved if Ronda wins and all 4 beat her down.  Or possibly the old double pin on Ronda by Becky and Charlotte setting up yet another match between them.  Or perhaps Ronda’s squad takes out Sasha and Bailey costing them their tag titles and then take out Charlotte and Becky.  Something big is going to happen.  But mostly I want to see another woman in a big match against Asuka.  The women’s matches are getting better and better.

 

RAW

My god what the hell is going on here.  We have Seth Rollins not wrestling since the Rumble and barely on TV.  And when he goes on TV here comes the advocate for Brock Lesnar.  Heyman is golden on the mic so that does not bother me.  But this title has become so secondary cause it never gets defended.  I also think that Vince is so scared of losing Brock to AEW that he might not drop the strap at Mania and he will pay him even more money to stay.  UGH.  How many more weeks will we be forced to see Mojo Rawley stare at himself in the mirror.  Please Stroman, Drew, Corbin story has to go.  And now Lashley might be back into it too.  Kurt Angle is also still around in main events.  We were forced to see Double J and the Road Dog get TV time against Elias.  Now Elias who is still a hot story last week was in a spot with the Lucha House Party?  Curt Hawkins and Long Island Iced Z?  Ronda abusing and making the Riott Squad look obsolete.    Do we need to see videos of Kevin Owens throwing gutter balls and eating pizza with pineapples.  But at least he is coming back and maybe as a face cause we need him back.  Dean Ambrose who already gave his notice is still getting prime TV time.  The men’s tag team division is a joke.  At least a real tag team now has the straps.  Can we let EC3 talk?  He is great on the mic.  Thank god for the women on this show.  Sasha and Bailey as the tag team champs will get this going in the right direction.  Outside of Ronda and with Charlotte and Becky appearing on both shows now there is enough quality women to have a pretty competitive tag team division.  That is if Sasha and Bailey don’t cross shows.  Bottom line with over 2 hours of TV time to fill there isn’t any juicy angles right now.  I never thought I would admit it but they need the Big Dog back.  Get well soon Roman.  Also a healthy KO.  Cena’s eventual return?  Maybe Bray Wyatt too?  And what the hell happened with Lars Anderson?

SMACKDOWN

This is a better show because the Becky Lynch angle came from Smackdown.  The Kofi Kingston push came out of nowhere and it is lit right now.  I am interested in seeing where this is going.  The rest of the show is very average.  I don’t think Samoa Joe is getting pushed the right way.  AJ is awesome but he needs a fresh story.  Abyss?  Shane and Miz are getting ready to have the breakup for their Mania match.  How does Asuka make The Man tap out and we never see her on TV since the Royal Rumble.  She needs a Mania opponent and the roster on Smackdown is light on the female side.  I don’t know what to make of R Truth having a strap.  Unless they felt bad scrapping him from the rumble for Nia Jax.  Send Nikki Cross to Smackdown.  Stop pushing Orton, Hardy and Rey.  I do like Andrade and let’s get him into a push maybe with Nakamura and Rusev who are both underused.  I really think we need a roster shake up and more NXT call ups.

Wrestlemania.  First the announced matches already.  Then what I would like to see.

Ronda vs Charlotte vs Becky.

Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins

The above are the only two matches officially announced aside from Becky which we know she will be there.  I am assuming we are still having the Men’s and Women’s Battle Royal matches.

Now for what I would like to see or think we will see.

WWE Championship Match Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston.  Assuming Bryan still has the belt it appears Kofi is getting a singles push.  The fans are completely behind this right now.  But Mania is 7 weeks away.  A lot can happen before then.  Kofi does deserve this push so if he is going to get the strap then I would love to see him win it at Mania.  The fans are going to be calling for him to get a shot before then.  So how this gets booked will be interesting.  Outside of Kofi I don’t see another story line or wrestler right now that is more deserving.

Shane McMahon vs the Miz.  This really should be in the announced part because we all know it’s going to happen.  I only hope Miz is the heel because he is so good on the mic as a heel.

Smack Down Women’s Championship.  Asuka vs???  I have been thinking about this for a couple of days now.  Maybe Naomi because they seemed to have each other’s backs for a while now.  And Naomi was a champion before.  I will leave Carmella in the mix because this scandal with Corey Graves might be something WWE looks to exploit.  I am not behind the scenes so I don’t know the whole story but I felt Carmella was hugely affected by it.  Or perhaps it’s time to get another woman pushed.  Mandy Rose?  Or does someone leave Raw and show up on Smackdown.  I am going to say Mandy Rose gets the chance but will keep my options open to see how the fans react to Carmella.  I mean let’s face it.  The WWE did have a story with Mandy trying to have an affair with Naomi’s husband.  KARMA.

Smackdown Tag Team Champs the Uso’s.  I was kind of surprised they won the belts last night.  That’s only because of the arrest of Jon on Thursday.  His wife Naomi took that bullet for him last night.  But we know McMiz had to lose to start setting up their Mania match.  So maybe the Uso’s lose the belts quickly as punishment to a team I don’t know like the New Day.  Big E and Xavier will need something to do while Kofi gets his singles push.  Makes sense.  New Day are crowd favorites.  So I am thinking the Mania match could be the New Day vs a team like Sanity or maybe Harper is back by then and teams with Rowan since they technically weren’t supposed to drop the straps so soon.  And Bryan’s stable grows.

United States Champion R Truth.  I would be beyond shocked if he still has the belt by Mania.  So this is a tough one.  Going out on a limb and saying that Andrade beats R Truth and faces Mustafa Ali at Mania.  Nakamura and Rusev are too good to be mid carders.

United States Champion Finn Balor.  He will still be the champion by Mania and he deserves to be.  There is only one match I want to see with him.  EC3 vs Balor at Mania.  And please put a mic in the hands of EC3.

Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival.  Another tough one.  Maybe the Revival just goes into the men’s battle royal match.  I don’t see a team I like for this spot.  It also could be on the kickoff show too.

Women’s Tag Team Champions Sashs and Bailey.  They will still be the champs at Mania.  I could see the RIott squad or Nia/Tamina facing them.  I also feel they are going to start to set up the Horsemen angle with run ins by Ronda’s group.

AJ Styles vs Abyss.  An oldie from TNA.

So I got 12 matches down already with lots of talent left.  That’s why there are the battle royal matches.  The one thing I desparately want to see is Elias have a sing off with the Rock.  That would be pretty entertaining.  I have all the titles getting defended except for one.  Also you can bet there will be a couple of matches with no titles involved on the main card.  Plus I know this will never happen but I would want to see one a 4th female match on this card.  It would not involve a female champion.  But that is wishful thinking

So how do you like the card?

2019 Royal Rumble Predictions

With the Royal Rumble pay per view only a few hours away I am excited as we are now officially on the road to Wrestlemania.  This is my favorite pay per view as we usually see something special and unexpected or someone new officially joining the WWE.  Last year it was Ronda Rousey debuting after the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match or AJ Styles debuting a couple years back this pay per view sets the seeds for the biggest matches at Wrestlemania.  WWE in my opinion needs to up their game as AEW is now official and has big money behind it and will take some players off the WWE roster like Chris Jericho and possibly Dolph Ziggler.  Is it finally possible that since Vince McMahon defeated and bought out Ted Turner that there is real competition for WWE?  TNA was never real competition in my eyes despite having some names.  AEW if they get a big TV contract can be real competition for the WWE.

 

But this article is about today’s big pay per view and my predictions.  There will be more time to discuss WWE vs AEW.  I will only be making my predictions for the big matches.  The matches I will not predict are Rusev/Nakamura and the Cruiserweight match.  So here goes.

THE BAR VS MIZ & SHANE

Miz is so underrated to me.  He is great on the mic and knows how to get real heat and he is very good in the ring.  But this team is a face.  The Bar are good workers but I see Miz & Shane either winning the straps tonight or one screwing the other during the match.  It’s obvious they are setting up a Miz vs Shane match at Mania.  Shane usually has some crazy high impact spot during his matches and tonight should be no different.  Is it too early for an in match turn after a few weeks together?

Prediction: Miz & Shane win the belts tonight.

 

ASUKA VS BECKY

I expect this to be the first match on the official pay per view.  Why because Becky needs to get into the the Women’s Rumble match.  This is an easy one to predict as the plan seems to be that Becky fights Ronda at Mania.  With maybe Charlotte getting into that match too.  It will be a match where Becky’s momentum does not get slowed so expect a run in by Ronda or Charlotte.  But I don’t see the Mania match  as a title for title match.  Asuka’s Mania opponent is to be determined.

Prediction: Asuka with interference by Charlotte

RONDA VS SASHA

Ronda wins this match but the question is how good Sasha performs.  Ronda won’t lose before Mania where she will probably lose the strap especially if the wanting to have a child talk is true.  Either way did anyone think she was going to be a WWE lifer?  She came in and did exactly what WWE wanted her to.  One was to get them more exposure in the media and with fans which she has accomplished.  Secondly is I feel she has tried to make others look like they were good wrestlers too.  Does anyone think any of these ladies could realistically out wrestler her?

Prediction: Ronda

DANIEL BRYAN VS AJ STYLES

Hopefully this is the last match between them for a while.  It’s not that I think they don’t work well together.  I am just tired of this angle and it may have played its course out.  Daniel will retain and I could maybe see AJ switching shows.  He might need a change and Brock will be gone after Mania so someone needs to step up.

Prediction: Daniel in another great match

BROCK LESNAR VS FINN BALOR

Why did Bruan Stroman get pulled from this match?  Maybe they wanted Brock to keep the strap through Mania and how many times is he going to beat Braun.  I guess this is the best matchup they could think of.  Brock has completely made this title irrelevant and yes Roman Reigns leaving due to illness really screwed up their plans.  Brock’s mania opponent could be the Rumble winner.

Prediction: Brock.  But it would be amazing if Finn won the strap.

WOMEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE

This match will end the card unless there is something so special planned for the men’s match that they would have no choice to end the card with the men’s match.  Last year they deserved to close the show because the women earned it, their match was better than the men’s match and because of Ronda.  This year I am not so sure.  Right now only 23 names have been announced and no legends so far.  Everybody expects Becky to win this after losing to Asuka earlier in the night.  Might they throw a curveball and have someone else win?  As of right now I don’t see anyone other than Charlotte and Becky winning this.  I hope I am surprised.

Prediction: The legend of Becky continues to grow.

MEN’S ROYAL RUMBLE

This one is a little tougher to predict and for that reason I think the show ends with this match as we continued to get teased with the name of Kenny Omega.  I don’t expect to see him sign with the WWE but what if Trips convinced his daddy to give him obscene money and have him win the Rumble and put Brock out to pasture at Mania.  Would Omega be able to turn that down.  It’s wishful thinking but that is the kind of move that will jump start the year and the road to Wrestlemania.  This would be so out of character for the WWE to make this kind of move so I don’t expect to see it.  With only 20 or so people announced for the match the only other surprise entry that would get me going would be the return of CM Punk who would also most likely be promised to win the match.  If Roman came back for this match I would be happy to see him and know that he is getting better but unless he is returning full time I don’t want to see him in the match.  Give it to an up and coming NXTer.  So unlike the Women’s match where I expect the winner to not be announced as in the match until her music hits during the match in Becky I do as of right now expect the winner of the men’s match to already be announced as in the match.

Prediction: Drew Mcintyre is my first choice and Seth Rollins is my second choice.  But would love to be super surprised with a Kenny Omega entry and victory